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call... to switch, and you could save hundreds. ♪ born to make mistakes liberty mutual insurance. responsibility. what's your policy? i'm ashleigh banfield. thank you for joining us. we begin with an admission, the admission you might say, reports claiming that lance armstrong has come clean to oprah winfrey. admitting that his incredible run to seven tour de france titles was about it fact tainted. at the same timed e tainted by performance enhancing drugs. earlier oprah appeared on cbs this morning to talk about what she calls her greatest interview ever. first, though, just how tough it was to get that interview in the
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first place. >> yes, i think the entire interview was difficult. and may i just say that we had agreed before this moment, before the interview, we had agreed that the terms of the interview and what was included in the interview. specifically what was included in the interview would be left for people to make their own judgments about and that i would not be discussing or he would not be discussing or confirming. we agreed to that. and then by the time i left austin and landed in chicago, you all had already confirmed it. so i'm like how did you all do that? we agree that had we weren't going to say anything. so i'm sitting here now because it's already been confirmed. >> looked nervous just sitting down with her. but oprah also spoke about just how emotional the interview got. >> i would say there were a couple of times where he was emotional, but emotional doesn't
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begin to describe the intensity or the difficulty that i think that he experienced in talking about some of these things. i would say, you know, all the people who are wondering if he actually goes there and answers, to answer your question he asked earlier, i think that you will come away to understanding that he brought it. he really did. >> well, oprah was then asked to characterize lance armstrong's demeanor. i want to be specific. like contrition. was he contrite. >> i choose not to characterize. i would rather people make their own decisions about whether he was contrite or not. i thought that he was thoughtful. i thought that he was serious. i thought that he certainly had
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prepared himself for this moment. i would say he met the moment. and at the end of it, literally 2 1/2 hours, we both were pretty exhausted and i would say i was satisfied. >> 2 1/2 hours worth and oprah says she was satisfied. but what about everyone else not in that room? i want to bring in ed lavendera who is currently at a bike shop in austin partly owned by lance armstrong. ed, what is the reaction? i know it's early since the interview isn't out yet, but what's the reaction? >> reporter: this is a place friendly to lance armstrong, this bike shop opened about five years here in the heart of austin. his pictures are still on the wall. no intense i'm told of bringing any of that down. lance armstrong is a partial owner here.
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i was talking to the general manager of the store, and he said they know the circle of support for lance armstrong has shrunk considerably, but there's still a great number of people who support him. he told me an anecdote of a woman who bought a bike here and after the report had come out, returned the bike and said i refuse to give that guy lance armstrong any money. but despite all of that, there is still support and he still supports the friend he's known since they were teenagers. have you told him maybe you lost faith in him? >> no. there's still a lot there. there's still a lot of things that he's done and accomplished outside of the seven tours of france. everything right now is focused on that. when you take him the person and look at all the things that he's done, people's inspired, people's helped with cancer, there's a much bigger story. and i think that part of the
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story will start to come around. a lot of people are sort of abandoning him really quickly and i think that was a rush to judgment because i've known the guy a long time. the story's not over and he's not finished. >> reporter: so at least one friend of lance armstrong. comeback 3.0 is probably what's needed here. >> and not withstanding what lance armstrong has done, no one would say that livestrong wasn't an incredible addition to the cancer community in terms of raising awareness and funds. but so much of what he did that was good was born of what he did that was bad. fruit of the poisonous tree, so to speak. so what does he have to gain by making this admission?
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>> reporter: that organization is trying to separate itself from lance armstrong and it realizes for long term success, it can't be just connected to one person. so you saw lance armstrong pushed out in november. he went over there before the interview with oprah winfrey, he spoke to the staff of of the livestrong foundation, and apologized to them for the stress that he has caused them over the last few years. and a long time political advise adviser here in the state of texas, he spoke with cnn this morning about how devastating this news and this confession is for everyone who works at that organization. >> did you feel somehow betrayed now? >> well, you know, i think about -- yes, i do. and i think he's got a lot of apologies, i think he has to crawl over a lot of broken glass and drag the sack cloth.
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but i think that the one thing that they can't take away from him is his cancer survivorship. >> reporter: so a lot of people still applauding the cancer work. but i think the tone of this interview will go a long way in determining how people really in the end react to lance armstrong. oprah winfrey said he brought it, but what does that mean? lance armstrong has been incredibly defiant, aggressive in the way he's gone after the people who have criticized him. will he be contrite? if he goes the other way, that could make a lot of people be rubbed the long way. he's attacked the people who have gone after him. >> i'm looking at a list here at the lawsuits and this is just a partial list that he himself launched against his naysayers and those who accused him. so, yeah, this story certainly not over.
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ed lavendera, thank you. we'll have a lot more on exactly that, the legal aspects of lance armstrong's admission. about 20 minutes from now, we'll raise that other question. what about that admission and how does it also measure up to some of the other great apologies days gone by from presidents to preachers to athletes. >> indeed i did have a relationship with ms. liewinsky that was not appropriate. in fact it was wrong. >> i've signed against you, my lord. >> i'm so sorry. that i had to put you through this and having to put our family through this. >> i'm deeply sorry for my irresponsible and selfish behavior. >> all i can say is that i apologize. >> i did take a banned substance. and for that, i'm very sorry. >> so will lance armstrong rank among those is this will he ?
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package. but today it is five times that amount. joining me to talk about the vote is new jersey congressman, thank you so much for being with me. i want to ask you right off the bat, when we had our initial vote and it went through for $9.7 billion of aid, what's still left on the table that's needed? >> we need $50 billion more. don't forget, ashlthat vote whi took place in the former congress, that vote pertained only to flood insurance which the congress had to do anyway. so we have a $17 million package by mr. rogers of kentucky who has put a great bill together as a huge first step, but the most important part of the day will be new jersey's amendment to mr.
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rogers' amendment. that is we need to have another $30 billion to reach what the president calls very significant in relief and also the three government chos have done a great job on the storm. >> i'm glad you brought up the fact that this was the old congress. but i want to play for our audience something you said during that initial debate with old congress and then i'll ask you about it. >> this is a total, total disaster in helping those people that we are purposely saying today in uponity if i indicate building we're helping them, isn't that wonderful. what's our jobs? we're not doing anybody any favors. that's why we are september here. try it once in a while. democracy. you may like it. >> pretty good stuff. an impassioned plea and yet still 67% of your compatriots
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still voted no to that package. do you have a lot of faith this this new portion will pass? >> we've been working through yesterday and last night through the rules committee. we're 90 amendments, many to distract us from what we should be doing. our responsibility is to keep those in deep need, regardless whether happens in florida, whether it happens in the plains in the west, mid jersey, the gulf, we've always been there. these are tree donor states. new jersey, new york, connecticut and we're always the first to respond.hree donor sta. new jersey, new york, connecticut and we're always the first to respond. many republicans who voted the way they did, one of the leading opponents of what we're trying to do applied for a personal sba loan in south carolina when a storm hit his district. and i'm telling you right now that this is a very critical
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vote for america. we either will have one rule for one place and another rule for another or we'll do what -- we raised our hands and got sworn in on january 3rd. this is what this is all about. >> a lot of people watching shake their heads and think when fellow americans are in need, i can't imagine it could be political, but in fact it is political and there are a lot of critics who say we're all for aid, what we're not for is pork. i'll highlight a couple things. money for fisheries in alaska. watershed restoration. >> those things have been taken out. >> in response to wildfires in colorado, $20 million, is that still in there? >> that's not pork. they put it into their bill. that's been taken out. that was in the original senate bill. there is not pork and we have
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oversight in this legislation. >> what about this, sir? he i see $50 million for national park service historic 3re67b va preservation activities. >> many of our parks were affected by the emergency. who will pay for the repairs on a roof on a federal building in washington? >> it said historic preservation, not repairs. >> we have to have a building to do the more universal job of what preservation is all about. but that's all been taken out. there are no earmarks in this legislation that is before the house today. >> what about 2 billion -- pardon me to interrupting, but $2 billion in community development block grants, funds reserved for activities related to the mitigation of future disasters. not suggesting that that's not a great thing, but it's not emergency relief to look at future disasters. >> i think it's a good question that you've asked if i could j
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get a minute to smopd to respond to it. you take my ninth district in new jersey. it experienced the same problems as the town next to it. the hackensack river came over the berm which needs to be changed because it can happen tomorrow morning again god forbid. wiped out both towns. when i say wiped out, wiped out. if we don't do anything about that, we are simply opening the door for this happening again. i think that is money used wisely to cut the expenditures for the next disaster that happens and hopefully will stop that water from coming over the berm. >> i hear you. we watched the emergency rescues taking place real time. >> the responder disa great job. >> i think a lot of people won't dispute that is money well spent.
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but this bill is supposed to be for emergency relief and it needs to be passed now. future programs belong somewhere else. >> i think all the money that's in the bill now including the base bill and the amendment deal directly with sandy. number two, this is money that has been documented if not by governor christie, governor cuomo, wherever the governors are in the three or four states that have been really impacted by this. i can assure you looking line for line through the legislation that this is money needed in the funnel right now in order to get help to our citizens. do you know that in some area, this was a more devastating storm than katrina. we lost many lives in katrina. and that's unacceptable. you can't make comparisons there. but we had many -- three times of amount of outages of
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electricity and power in the sandy storm. we had many, many more where is locations. this was a devastating storm. should you go there and take a look at it. >> i'll be honest with you, i don't have to go there. i lived through it and my neighbor lost half of his house and it's still sitting there with the porch chopped off and a santa hanging from the debris. but can i just switch gears for a moment? i wanted to ask you about the other big top story today which is this proposal, a package proposal coming from the vice president after more than a week long task force. what are your thoughts about the possibilities that any or some or possibly all of these proposals might actually make it through congress? >> i can't say this about many who work for the public sector government, but i know if the vice president introduces something, he's looked through it very carefully. always does his homework.
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i've known biden to do his homework all the time. i support efforts to stop gun violence, to reduce it as much as we can. we have a responsibility. the deaths in connecticut, the deaths in colorado, and you can go back 15, 16 years, those deaths, i don't know if they could have been avoided if we had these laws, but i know it would have been a lot less easy for people to gets a sault weapons which we banned in new jersey. we have it so that the magazines, yyou don't need this many bullets in on the to kill and go hunting. i support hunting. >> what about the rest of congress? i think everybody is against gun violence. it's how to mitigate gun violence that everyone has a different philosophy about. >> health care is very important, too. >> my question to you is what are the chances in this current
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brand new congress that we're so excited about that you might actually be able to pass something like an assault weapons ban or high capacity magazines? what are the chances honestly? >> i can't tell you in terms of prognosticating what's going to happen but i'll work high damnedest so-to-make sure tdamnd est to make sure the package goes through. but dealing with the assault -- numb number of assault weapons and the magazines not necessary. gaby give forwa gabby giffords is a perfect example. the guy was loading up again. let them hunt and have their antiques. but protect the public. protect our children. >> good luck to you and your fellow congressmen as you tackle just the first two as we've discussed of many more difficult conversations in the house.
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one month after the newtown massacre, president obama's making good on his promise to support broad new ways to curb gun violence. based on a brand new national poll, he has the support of a majority of americans on a number of different gun proposals. including bans on assault weapons, system i automatic weapons, high capacity clips, and online ammunition sales. mr. obama met yesterday with joe biden to go over a whole load of proposals that were put together by a task force led by the vice
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president. and they include up to 19 different steps that the president could take through executive action to by pass powerful opposition in congress. and dan lothian joins us live at the white house. so, dan, if you could just layout the difference between what the president can do using executive action versus using administrative action. >> and the president and vice president have talked about things they can do legislatively. but if they can't do it that way, they can move things a lot qui quick are by ter by the preside acting on his own. a ban on high capacity clips. universal back grounground chec. tightening up checks on background checks. also discussing issues around mental health. those are some of the things that are part of the package
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that the president is currently looking at. but again, the president also has talked about using executive orders to move things along very quickly. and that is sort of shaping up to be somewhat of a more murky issue. one thing we expect is that the president wants to enforce existing laws. so laws that are already on the books, use executive orders to enforce them. another thing that the president pointing out is gathering data to track fwuns used by criminals. of course when you start talking about using executive orders, this is very controversial. we've already heard from some groups pushing back. they're concerned that this kind of power in the president's hands will only jeopardize their second amendment rights. >> and i can only assume with the assault weapon ban, that that could be something that's pushed extremely toughly through the administrative process, but
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not through the executive order process. >> that is correct. the assault weapons ban that many members of congress have talked about pushing through, this is something they support as well. last week it seemed that they were sort of pulling back from that a bit because when the vice president late out some of the top things on the list, that was not something that was on there, but the white house saying that in fact is something the president and vice president still very much support, but the nra raising doubts about whether or not it can actually pass congress. >> dan lothian live at the white house with a lot to parse through. thank you. and far from the white house, far from capitol hill, new york state is passing tough govern control measures that would include a ban on assault weapons. it now goes to the state
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assembly. approval would make new york the first state to react in school shootings in newtown. still with this topic, not far away from newtown, gun control advocates are on a march to a nearby walmart and they want to demand that the country's largest retailer stop selling assault weapons. they plan to present a letter of protest that the organizer says is signed by 250,000 people. and among the protesters, some of the survivors of gun violence. this is happening in danbury. deb deb are a fair rick is there. >> reporter: just a couple moments ago, those people, a small group but determined group, they were able to deliver 300,000 signatures to the manager here at the walmart.
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i asked if they're planning on changing any of its policy when it comes to selling the assault weapon, and he said that's a question you have to take up with corporate headquarters. but the people here felt they made a difference. and i spoke to some women personally touched by gun violence. >> i'm here because i'm concerned about the state of affairs in the world and i support the efforts to ban assault weapons and also in the efforts forget walmart to stop selling assault weapons. >> is this the first time you've been involved in this kind of action? >> yes, it is. >> and so giving the store manager that box filled with petitions, what was that like for you? >> it feels great to take action, to be involved. i'm a sandy hook resident, but more than that, i'm a loyal citizen and it feels good to take action. p. >> do you think walmart ultimately will have to make
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change? >> i hope walmart will ultimately take change. i hope so. >> reporter: and there were a number of people here who had never taken part in any sort of a protest before. but they felt very strongly about it. one person who has been directly touched by gun violence, lori haas, and your daughter was shot during virginia tech. you came here to send a message to walmart. >> take as sougsault weapons ofr shelves. we want them to be a partner in making our communities safer. we want assault weapons designed for the military to kill as many people as quickly as possible off their shelves. nationwide. we want them to be a partner in our effort to make our communities free from gun violence. >> it's interesting because back in 2004, walmart did agree to not sell these sort of assault weapons, but then in 2011, they thought it was good for
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business. what does that say? >> i find it offensive, the notion that we are allowing these into our communities, it's not safe, and the american people don't want it. poll after poll. and we deserve to give our citizens, whether they're in a movie theater, a school, a college campus, the opportunity to be free. >> reporter: laura haas, thank you so much. and just to be clear on this, this particular walmart here just outside of newtown, they don't carry these military style assault weapons. but about 2,000 other store, 50% of all walmart stores, they do carry those weapons. one woman who was here today was actually shot by the same shooter as gabby giffords and the bullet that entered her body, bought at walmart. >> so the small group behind you now, in the tape earlier, there were considerably who are people that were there and you mentioned 300,000 signatures.
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has walmart decided to come out with a statement because of what's happening today? >> reporter: they're not making a statement about what's going on here. there is a lot of symbolism involved in all of this. make making sure that they capitalize on the political will that seems to be there on capitol hill in terms of trying to make change. but right now walmart not saying anything, though cnn working on an interview with them. >> well, good luck with that. d when you have diabetes... your doctor will say get smart about your weight. that's why there's glucerna hunger smart shakes. they have carb steady, with carbs that digest slowly to help minimize blood sugar spikes. [ male announcer ] glucerna hunger smart. a smart way to help manage hunger and diabetes.
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thank you. he took my shield, my lady. these are troubling times in the kingdom. more discounts than we knoweth what to do with. now that's progressive. well, dad, i spent my childhood living with monks learning the art of dealmaking. you've mastered monkey-style kung fu? no. priceline is different now. you don't even have to bid. master hahn taught you all that? oh, and he says to say (translated from cantonese) "you still owe him five bucks." your accent needs a little work. >> well, good luck with tha raising the debt ceiling does not authorize us to spend more. all it does is say that america
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will pay its bills. and water not a dead beat nation. >> sounds simple, doesn't it? but like so many other crises and standoffs from the past two years, raising the nation's debt ceiling is a zero sum props. somebody wins only if somebody else loses. we're speaking of of course politically here, not financially. economically it's hard to find any winners if the treasury can't close the budget gap. runs about $100 million every month. my next guest worries about it a lot. signor partner and managing director of the boston consulting group and author and columnist. so this becomes tricky for people tound, but essentially the debt ceiling, is it the kind of tool that anybody should be used in order to force people to
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be more austere in the way they spend in the future? >> well, it's a way to do it, but it's a very dangerous way to do it because we start playing with everybody in our economy eye lives. so if we hit the debt ceiling and we don't have a bill that changes it, when we hit somewhere around $16.4 trillion worth of gdebt, the government will have to stop spending because of the debt limit. because we take it a whole lot -- we spend a whole lot more money than we take in, the debt ceiling become as real issue pd at government has to stop spending about $100 billion a month. that means the government will have to lay off people and that will mean more unemployment and more pain for people. it also means the government won't be able to pay all 6 it bills and it may stop sending money to the businesses in the united states. some of whom could go bankruptcy because of it.
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>> critics have said you can list out all of the things that won't get paid respect but in the end it has a massive ripple effect. and yet the house speaker said yesterday the consequences of failing to increase the debt ceiling are real, but so, too, are the consequences of allowing our spending problem to go unresolved. so i think a lot of people are tormented over this. they agree with both sides. yes, we can't spend, no, we can't default, but who does big business see this? >> big business is pretty clear. i've spoken to a lot of ceos. they don't want to have the debt ceiling be the problem. they think that would be very bad for the economy and for everyone in the economy. they worry about interest rates going up and they worry about the impact on our deficit.
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because when interest rates go up, that means the deficit will go up. so we make the problem worse by taking this route if we go down this pathway. >> i want to throw three terms at you that we've had to stomach out in america. debate over the fiscal cliff, the debate over the debt ceiling and the budget show dunn. all three of these very serious. but which is the most serious. >> the debt ceiling could do damage to our countries for decades to come if we hit it and don't expect the problem. this is the most dangerous thing. this is almost a nuclear option. this is really playing with very dangerous things. and one little mistake could be devastating to our country. >> and yet you still come on day after day and smile with me.
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thank you. always good to see you. by the way, i just want to remind you if you're doing the math, the treasury says it might come up short in its payments as soon as february 15th. ♪ [ male announcer ] some day, your life will flash before your eyes. make it worth watching. introducing the 2013 lexus ls. an entirely new pursuit.
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from legend to liar. can i just show you right off the bat what the cover of the new york "post" says today? that's the bracelet you know, but look very closely. it doesn't say livestrong. it says lie strong. according to reports, lance armstrong now finally admitting to using performance enhancing drugs during his reign as the king of cycling. this comes in an enter swru oin oprah winfrey scheduled to be thursday and friday. 2 1/2 hours long. scheduled to run on own. armstrong didn't just deny doping, some people just call him a flat out bully. a bumly to anyone who would dare to try to get the truth out of will him. he used expensive lawyers and he
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threatened those who got in his way. just take a listen to this 60 minutes interview with travis tiger. >> was lance armstrong personally involved in intimidating these other riders to keep them quiet? >> he was. it was tough. they were scared of the repercussions of them simply telling the truth. >> what could lance armstrong do to them? >> in-sinner incinerate them. >> we don't have any admin on camera. we don't have the interview yet. >> we don't have any admin on camera. we don't have the interview yet. >> we don't have any admin on camera. we don't have the interview yet. >> we don't have any admin on camera. we don't have the interview yet. >> we don't have any admin on camera. we don't have the interview yet. >> we don't have any admin on camera. we don't have the interview yet. but all of the legal fallout now the withstanding the lawsuits he's launched but the money he's taken in prizes and in payouts and winnings, et cetera.
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start from there. >> if i were lance armstrong's lawyer, and very hypothetically here, i'd be worried about several things. i'd be worried about civil lawsuits. >> millions and millions. >> for instance, the u.s. postal team, $30 million the government spent on that team. they could say that team lost its awards because of illegal doping done by lance armstrong. they could sue to get their money back. there was a whistle blower suit brought by one member of the team. the money that gets paid to him ultimately they could go after lance armstrong. and lots of other potential civil lawsuits. but here's what i would worry about most. criminal exposure. he testified under oath in a civil case, if he admits now that he was using drugs and
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doing -- >> i want to play a specific piece of that. do i have that sound bite? let's play it. >> you have never taken any performance enhancing drug in connection with your cycling career? >> correct. >> and that would include any substance that's ever been banned? >> correct. >> sounds a lot like perjury. however, there is this the thing called a statute of limitations. >> and it's three years in texas. three years is gone. but here's what i would worry about with respect to exposure in other areas. the justice department had and ongoing investigation in 2010 and dropped in 2011. you don't want to make the justice department angry. >> that's lying to federal
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investigators. you can go to prison for that. >> absolutely. but lance away strong didn't probably speak to them directly. but there's something called wire fraud which is kind of one of the things they come after you when they can't get on you anything else. if you make a false or fraudulent statement in an effort to defraud somebody else by selling a product, for instan instance, that can be wire fraud. if hypothetically lance armstrong was out hawking his book of which he has several in circulati circulation, television signals go over the wires. and if he made a false statement publicly to sell a product, that could be wire fraud. but i'm not saying it happened. all i'm saying is that's
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something i'd worry about as one of his lawyers. >> so after the two interviews air, you have to come back and we have to parse it specifically with what he says in these so-called admissions because i think there will be a lot to the wording and oprah said he became prepared. >> and the feds may just want to walk away from it even if it they have a case. >> and i have whole litany of cases that i'd love to go over, but i'm out of town. paul, thank you.
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hungry, and many have no shoes. there are thousands of syrian children who, with parents, or with relatives have fled the deadly assault that's been unleashed by their government for nearly two years now. they live in places like these. makeshift refugee camps and countries that encircle syria and actress and unicef goodwill ambassador mia farrow is with some of them in neighboring lebanon. arwa damon travels with farrow. >> reporter: the refugees in the makeshift camp hail from all over syria, telling the same stories of horror that we have been hearing for the last two years. the newest arrivals, youssif and his family. they spent their first night in safety, sleeping on cardboard, on the icy ground.
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his eldest son, 17-year-old abbas, was killed by a shell in front of their home. i couldn't let the rest be slaughtered as well, he says. we're stuck in the middle. >> now they, too, like the other families, face the indignities of life here. young and old alike ask the same questions -- why is it so hard to send shoes, jackets, blankets, better tents? questions that unicef goodwill ambassador mia farrow has heard repeatedly, and struggled with during her visit to refugee camps across lebanon. >> people feel strangled in terms of a political solution. but we're not strangled or paralyzed when it comes to helping the humanitarian crisis, which is truly urgent. >> reporter: 10-year-old mohammed tells us he's cold at
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night. we only have two blankets and a sponge mattress, he says, for their family of seven. he's so traumatized that he doesn't remember the details of how they fled, just that he was terrified and crying. this 40-year-old abdullah took a stray bullet and shrapnel to the leg, caught in the cross fire close to his home in aleppo. all sides are shooting at each other, he says. i just wanted to save my children. i swear to you, we had a good life there. we had nothing to do with this side or the other. he says he's been twice to register with unhcr but was told to come back later. it's a frustration echoed by many of the families here. unhcr says it's registering the majority of refugees who apply, an estimated 1500 people a day.
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but like other international aid organizations, it, too, is facing massive funding shortages. >> these people fled terrible violence and find themselves here in a pile of mud with nothing, zero, nothing. and we call ourselves an international community. well, now it's time to prove we are a community. >> reporter: despite the misery around them, some of the children still giggle when they see pictures of themselves. these are the vulnerable, farrow says, and this is the hour of need. they most certainly, as you can see, ashleigh in desperate need. unhcr, for example, says it only has around 30% of the funding it needs to meet the refugees' requirements just here in lebanon, not to mention the crises unfolding in the other
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syrian countries. >> live for us in neighboring lebanon. you've done incredible work inside and outside of syria. our thanks go to you for highlighting the story oop. i want to yand the united nations says since the syrian broke out two years now, more than 60,000 have been killed.
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earlier on in dan bury, connecticut, a march on a local walmart there, a walmart that does not sell assault weapons, and there was a petition that was delivered to that store. i asked our reporter, deb feyerick, in fact, in walmart had a response and she had not been given one yet. but a producer with newsroom was able to get the statement just in the last few minutes. i want to read it in part to you. it says this, during the past few weeks we've been very engaged on this issue. we've been speaking with the administration, with congress, sports groups, mayor bloomberg's office, and others, and we recognize there are a lot of views on this topic and many ideas being considered. this is an issue we take seriously. and have taken a number of steps above and beyond what the law requires to help ensure we are being responsible. also want to make sure that you know at the top of the statement they said that we have been purposeful about striking the right balance between serving our customers that are hunters
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and sportsmen and ensuring that we sell firearms in the most responsible manner possible. and i just want to thank corey lundberg, director of national media relations for responding to our request so quickly for this statement. again, that's after having received a petition with about 300 -- over 300 names that deb feyerick reported out of the town of danbury, connecticut, not far from newtown, connecticut. it's very close by, in fact, where the shooting happened. the town of stratford, connecticut, has also voted -- i can report to you -- to rename a school for victoria soto, who was one of the victims of the newtown shooting. she was the first grade teacher from sandy hook who died trying to save the children in her classroom. soto lived in stratford, and the vote to rename honeyspot school ended up being a unanimous vote. honeyspot cool will be called victoria soto school. i'm going to hand the helmve
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